This year, volunteers around the county are planting 15 fields of pinwheels.
Each field holds 993 of the children’s toy.
Nine-hundred and ninety three.
Let that sink in.
That is the number of children that received services from the Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center in 2018. Those numbers increased by 60 percent from the year before.
There were 993 children reported to have suffered abuse or neglect.
That’s entirely too many. One is too many.
That comes from several factors including awareness, population growth and legislative changes that help bring more children to the center for services.
The only solace in that number is knowing that people are starting to speak up. Whether it is the children, their family members, their neighbors, their friends, their teachers or even strangers.
Someone is speaking up.
All too often, children aren’t aware of what is happening to them and need someone to be their voice. And that is happening.
If we hope to end the abuse and neglect that affects the children in our community, we have to speak up.
We have to be the voices for those who can’t speak on their own.
The all too familiar saying keeps coming back — if you see something or suspect something, say something.